Many of you are probably familiar with James Patterson’s books. He is described as “the most prolific and bestselling author in modern times,” and he holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to sell 1 million e-books.
I recently learned that my alma mater will be honoring James Patterson with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. While his extraordinary success as an author most certainly played a factor in his selection for this honor, the true reason for his recognition is his benevolent spirit and dedication to supporting parents, kids, and teachers in cultivating a love of reading.
He has established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Fund at 24 schools to support new teachers dedicated to growing a love of books and reading in their students.
Patterson has also launched ReadKiddoRead.com, a resource many of you may use on a regular basis. The site was founded by James and his wife, Sue, after they realized that their eight-year-old son didn’t exactly enjoy reading. That summer, they started their own summer reading program, asking their son to read every day, but promising him that the books would be ones that he would enjoy. With the realization that is problem could occur in a family committed to reading, James and Sue wanted to do more than just help their own son. They wanted to create a tool that could help many more parents and educators help inspire a love of reading in children. From that desire ReadKiddoRead was born.
ReadKiddoRead has a blog that will help you stay up to date on the latest offerings for young readers, and an extensive library of FREE lesson plans! If you haven’t taken a look at this site yet, take a look today!